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STRASA honors partners

posted May 10, 2016, 11:39 PM by Rowena Baltazar ‎(IRRI)‎   [ updated May 10, 2016, 11:44 PM ]
by Maria Rowena M. Baltazar

BHUBANESWAR CITY, ODISHA, IndiaKey partners and outgoing senior staff of STRASA were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the successful implementation of STRASA in their regions. They were Dr. Dinesh K. Sharma, director of Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI) in Karnal; Dr. Tilathoo Ram (in left of photo) , rice breeder, Indian Institute of Rice Research in Hyderabad; and Dr. Mohammad Abdul Bari, outgoing country and project manager in Bangladesh.

Dr. Sharma has provided leadership and support for the development, validation, and dissemination of rice varieties and pertinent technologies for salt-affected areas. Dr. Ram has had substantial involvement in the development and promotion of drought-tolerant rice. Dr. Bari was acclaimed for his notable leadership and dedication to STRASA and his exceptional strategic input into the project, leading to its remarkable success in Bangladesh. His initiative and aspiration to help needy farmers and his inspiration and support for staff and partners are much admired.

The awarding was held during the closing ceremony of the phase 3 second annual review and planning workshop of STRASA held at the
Mayfair Convention in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha state in India, 27 April 2016. Dr. S.L. Krishnamurthy  (in left of photo), senior scientist at CSSRI, received the award on behalf of  Dr. Sharma. Meanwhile, Dr. Bari (second from right, photo below) received his plaque from Dr. Abdelbagi Ismail (left of photo below), STRASA overall project leader and IRRI principal scientist, and Dr. Uma Shankar Singh (center), STRASA regional coordinator for South Asia and IRRI senior scientist, during the  planning meeting of a project associated with STRASA, the EC-IFAD-funded project, Improved Crop Management and Strengthened Seed Supply System for Drought-prone Rainfed Lowlands in South Asia, 28 April 2016.   Dr. Sudhanshu Singh, IRRI senior scientist and rainfed lowland agronomist for South Asia (second from left), who facilitated the EC-IFAD meeting, with some meeting participants, Dr. M.C. Dhara (third from right) and Dr. Ram B. Yadav (extreme right) looked on.